Apple announces 5th-gen iPod Touch

By on September 13, 2012
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A mixture of iPhone 4S & iPhone 5.

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The iPhone 5 was not the only star that was shining at Apple’s conference yesterday. And while the whole world knew pretty much everything there was to know about the iPhone 5, the 5th-generation iPod Touch was well under the wraps.

Unlike last year’s non-existent update to the iPod Touch lineup, the latest iPod Touch gets a complete makeover. First off the screen is the same one being used in the iPhone 5, so you get a 4-inch retina display pushing out 1,136 x 640 pixels, giving you 326 ppi.

Next up is the dual-core A5 processor, the same one that powers the iPhone 4S. While some may think this is slightly underpowered for the new, larger retina display, keep in mind that the iPod Touch isn’t dealing with network coverage for voice and data. This allows for a rated battery life of 40 hours for music playback, and 8 hours for video.

The rear iSight camera also gets a decent update, with a new 5MP sensor with a new backlit lens with an f/2.4 aperture and LED flash. The camera is capable of shooting 1080p videos @ 30fps, and also comes with the image stabilization system from the iPhone 4S. The rear camera also supports the new panoramic image feature from the iPhone 5.  The front facing camera shoots at 720p for better FaceTime calls.

All of this comes in an incredibly thin 6.1mm body that weighs just 88 grams. Of course, due to the space saving nature, the 5th-gen iPod Touch also uses the new Lightning power connector, the same one used in iPhone 5.

The new iPod Touch not only comes with the new iOS 6, which includes Siri, but also the new Apple EarPods.  Coming in 5 colors (black, blue, yellow, red and silver), the 5th-gen iPod Touch will be available in 32GB and 64GB capacities, costing $299 (AED 1,249) and $3,99 (AED 1,600) respectively. Pre-orders for UAE start from September 14th on the official Apple store with just the 32GB version available at launch for now.


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